Arts University Plymouth

Established in 1856, Arts University Plymouth is an independent, university-sector art school run by artists and designers for artists and designers, widely regarded as a dynamic catalyst for creative learning and social justice. 

The world needs creatives now more than ever

Offering a range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Pre-Degree study across Art, Design and Digital Media, Arts University Plymouth combines over 160 years of history with up-to-the-minute thinking and cutting-edge facilities. This is a place for making things, for making things happen, and for making a difference. 

Our outlook is global

Our work is as global as it is local, inviting purposeful partnership and opportunities for our students within our inner-city neighbourhood, with our global partner universities. From our work on the Crafting Futures programme in Myanmar and the South Caucuses to our biennial Making Futures conferences, we’re putting Plymouth on the map for the creative arts through our partnerships and research projects with Tate, The V&A and the British Council.

Space to make

Our working environment is widely regarded as one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems of materials, technologies, processes, practices, art forms and ideas that you will find in the form of an art school. At a time when others are narrowing the range and ecology of their learning infrastructure, we see it as the natural habitat of artists and designers and makers. That’s why in recent years we have invested more than £12 million in both digital and analogue dimensions, as well as opening a dedicated campus for Pre-Degree and Foundation Diploma in Art & Design students.

A new kind of art University

More than 1,750 students receive high-quality education for life in contemporary arts practice, providing a creative catalyst for personal, professional and cultural transformation. Our two city centre campuses are home to MIRROR and Fab Lab Plymouth and we offer a range of short courses, masterclasses, and a programme of Young Arts activities including the decades-old Saturday Arts Club and strong affiliation with the National Saturday Club.


invested in spaces and resources


of our full-time UK graduates in 2017 are employed or in further study*


visitors to the public on-site gallery every year

Future-proofing the next generation of creative talent 

Oxford Economics predicts that with the right investment, the UK’s creative industries will recover faster than the UK economy as a whole, growing by over 26% by 2025 and creating 300,000 new jobs.This means that there’s never been a more exciting time to study a creative specialism at Arts University Plymouth. From day one of their studies, students are encouraged to think of themselves as professional practitioners. Employability is at the heart of the university's curriculum design with both practical and theoretical learning and an enviable programme of visiting lecturers, live projects and industry placements.  Graduates go on to direct music videos for Dua Lipa, produce shows for the BBC, pitch fashion for ASOS, design games for Playstation and shoot photography for The Guardian. 


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*DHLE 16/17
** The Independent Review of the Creative Industries, 2017